There are many reasons to practice yoga. We most often think of improving strength and flexibility, however, there are many more reasons to add to the list and get you to join me on the mat!
Pain Relief – Studies have shown that yoga can ease pain in the body through practicing yoga postures (asanas) and meditation. People with conditions such as arthritis, neck pain, hip pain and back pain can benefit from yoga. Yoga and meditation allows our body and mind the much-needed time for rest, recovery and healing.
Improved Circulation – Yoga helps to improve circulation by moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells. Yoga has a positive impact on the heart, blood circulation and blood pressure. In general, improving blood circulation with yoga postures and breathing will improve circulation, especially to the hands and feet. Studies have shown that it takes one hour of movement to undo the effects of sitting all day in a chair. So, get on the mat and move!
Improved Range of Motion - The amount of movement that occurs at a specific joint is called the Range of Motion. Range of motion can diminish by having weak or tight muscles, arthritis and inflammation to name a few. Yoga postures (asanas) help to put your body into positions that you might not do on a daily basis thereby helping to improve your range of motion. The objective is to use it or lose it!
Stress Relief – Yoga helps connect us with the present moment thereby creating awareness of our body, mind and the world around us. The rush against the clock creates an illusion that the more we do, the more we accomplish. This is so far from the truth for our mental state. To create awareness and calmness in our minds, there is tremendous value in stillness and non-doing. By quieting the mind and focusing on the present, you can also improve concentration and memory.
Meet new people – Community is so important! Come to practice, share, experience and grow with others.